Oftentimes when we think of “exfoliate” the first thing that comes to mind is removal of dead skin cells. Aside from this, it is worth mentioning the many amazing benefits anyone can achieve just by introducing an exfoliant to their skincare routine.
But first - how exactly does exfoliation work?
There are a few ways to remove the layer of old skin cells from the surface of your skin. This can be done mechanically through means of applying an abrasive scrub or dermaplaning. This can also be achieved without scrubbing through a chemical peel procedure by applying specific enzymes that work by dissolving the dead skin. Each of these options should be considered depending on your skin type and sensitivity.
Read on to learn more about how the exfoliation process can benefit the health and look of your skin!
6 Benefits of Exfoliating Your Skin
Eliminates Dirt and Bacteria from Pores
Every day we are exposed to pollutants and toxins which can build up in our pores along with oil, dirt, and make-up. By shedding the dead cells holding onto this debris, you are doing yourself a favor by unclogging your pores.
Acne is formed when the hair follicle becomes clogged with excess oil, dead skin, and dirt. By incorporating an exfoliant into your skin care routine, you can help prevent breakouts from happening by removing that barrier of dead skin and oil build up.
Not only will removing that top layer of dead skin reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, exfoliation also stimulates production of collagen - the protein that makes our skin look plump and firm.
Helps Absorption of Products
Think back to that layer of dirt, oil, and dead skin that is covering the layer of regenerated skin cells underneath just waiting to receive nourishment. When you remove that barrier of dead skin and dirt, this allows for a deeper absorption of your serum and moisturizer.
Improves Uneven Skin Tone
By using an exfoliant to break down and remove that dry, dead skin; in the process we are also eliminating dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and acne scars, allowing our skin tone to even out and appear brighter
This time I’m not just talking about the removal of dead skin and impurities from your pores! Did you know that exfoliation stimulates circulation of oxygen rich blood into the capillaries on your skin's surface? Not to mention stimulating lymphatic drainage which carries away toxins.
As you can see, there are many benefits when it comes to exfoliating your skin. Be sure to check out our exfoliation product page to see our wide selection of exfoliation products!
We also recommend the ZO Skin Health Exfoliating Cleanser, gentle enough for everyday use and doubles as your cleanser + exfoliation step!